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Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Scan through any social media app, and you’ll see pictures of vacations, family reunions, and other typical, everyday events. However, there is also a chance you’ll encounter pictures of people posing with animals they’ve killed, animals they’ve hurt, or simply images glorifying violence against animals.

Despite websites having rules against “violence,” users are constantly confronted with violence and gore from other users. Being barraged with animals being skinned, beaten, or mutilated only serves to desensitize younger generations, and portray these acts as “normal.”

Most distressingly, there have been numerous examples of illegal hunting or severe animal abuse posted to Instagram. These images are treated the same way pictures from a child’s birthday party are treated, leading to them being celebrated and passed around with no repercussions. Even when arrests have been made over illegal hunting or animal abuse, the images are still allowed to be on the site!

Instagram has a very clear policy on what is appropriate to post; “You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service.”

The countless bloody and gory images of slaughtered animals are in obvious violation of that rule, and Instagram should hold all users to that standard. Violence against animals is still violence!

Help us call on Instagram CEO Keven Systrom to enforce their policy about violent images, and prevent the posting of animal abuse and slaughter!

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Dear Keven Systrom,

The cultural impact of Instagram can’t be overstated. With close to 500 million monthly users, your company has a massive impact on our culture and on how people view the world around them. The images featured on Instagram make waves across the globe, for good or bad.

Instagram has always had a comprehensive terms of service agreement for users, but unfortunately, the enforcement of those policies is severely and painfully lacking. Despite the rules against posting “violent” content, users are inundated with graphic depictions of animal abuse and animal cruelty daily. From hunters skinning their prey on camera, to neighborhood kids posing with animals they beat to death, the “violence” you rally against in humans is on proud display across your site.

Allowing these types of images simply normalizes the behavior, and states that violence against animals in any capacity is absolutely fine. Your refusal to enforce your policies is a ringing endorsement for animal abuse across the world.

Please help end the violent depictions of animals abuse and cruelty on Instagram, and stand with other social media companies in helping to stamp out this celebration of abuse.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Aug 18, 2017 DEANNA DURBIN
Aug 17, 2017 Bita Rezvani
Aug 17, 2017 Karen O'Hara
Aug 17, 2017 Kelly Garrett
Aug 17, 2017 alicia woodke
Aug 17, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Aug 17, 2017 Elizabeth Fernandez
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Aug 16, 2017 Paola Moretti
Aug 16, 2017 Jessenda Swartzwelder
Aug 16, 2017 Alice Schewene
Aug 16, 2017 Connie Lewis Lewis
Aug 16, 2017 jessica decker
Aug 16, 2017 Deborah Hammond
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 16, 2017 Mauricio Ross
Aug 16, 2017 sandra falconi
Aug 16, 2017 Dmitry ermolaev
Aug 16, 2017 Jeannette de Agnolo
Aug 16, 2017 Fateh Sidhu
Aug 16, 2017 Stacy Gold
Aug 16, 2017 Melissa Lohman
Aug 16, 2017 Kim Maynard
Aug 16, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Aug 16, 2017 Jeanne Lyke
Aug 16, 2017 David Sickles
Aug 16, 2017 maribeth henkel
Aug 16, 2017 Cindy Tower
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 Michele Ruia
Aug 16, 2017 L taylor
Aug 16, 2017 Josette Mitchell
Aug 16, 2017 Jenny Fortsch
Aug 16, 2017 Rosy Morales
Aug 16, 2017 Mary sunderhauf
Aug 16, 2017 Margaret Ellis
Aug 16, 2017 Rosemarie DiFrancesco
Aug 16, 2017 ELENA TCHANIA
Aug 16, 2017 Thereann Lisa
Aug 15, 2017 Janice McShane
Aug 15, 2017 julie ellis
Aug 15, 2017 Laurence Volbart
Aug 15, 2017 Carla Presnell
Aug 15, 2017 Barbara Kadetsky
Aug 15, 2017 Mari Niemeläinen
Aug 15, 2017 Traci Ball
Aug 14, 2017 Elizabeth Cutrofello This is not "freedom", this is unconscionable cruelty!
Aug 14, 2017 Elizabeth Mitchell
Aug 14, 2017 Dulce Fernandez
Aug 14, 2017 Sue Hickford

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